California Parks Offering New Annual Pass
The California State Parks Department launched a new annual park pass program recently to commemorate its 150th anniversary.
The program includes several options, including the 150th Commemorative, Surf Explorer, Off-Highway Vehicle, Historian Passport and California Park Experience passes, a State Parks spokesman said.
Passes are valid for one year from the date of purchase and now are available for shipping, the spokesman said.
At $150, the Commemorative Pass provides day-use admission to most parks except high-use Southern California beaches and off-highway vehicle parks.
It also is not valid for camping, oversize vehicle, extra vehicle and other supplemental fees, the spokesman said.
However, the Commemorative Pass includes the Historian Passport, which is also available separately for $50, that will admit a family of four to museums and historical sites like missions, Gold Rush and Native American locations and the Railroad Museum in Sacramento.
The $195 Surf Explorer pass provides access to some of the best surf breaks in Southern California as well as vehicle day-use in much of the rest of the state, the spokesman said.
Priced at $75, the California Park Experience day-use pass provides access to more than 70 Bay Area and Northern California parks as well as some inland Central and Southern California parks.
The Off-Highway Vehicle Pass is available for $50, unchanged from last year.